Lake Sidney Lanier

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Lake Sidney Lanier

Georgia

(770) 945-9531

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Overview

Over the years recreation has grown by leaps and bounds to nearly seven million visitors annually at Lake Sidney Lanier. Today recreation is an important benefit of the lake. Seventy-six recreational areas have been developed around the lake. These include 49 parks operated directly by the Corps, 10 marinas, and Lake Lanier Islands. The remaining areas are leased to county and city governments such as the Boy Scouts. Lake Lanier is one of the most visited federally operated lakes in the nation. Over 7.5 million people a year choose to visit Lanier. With over 692 miles of shoreline, the lake is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities. Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950's, Lake Lanier is a multi-purpose lake that provides for flood protection, power production, water supply, navigation, recreation and fish and wildlife management. Lake Lanier is one of 464 lakes in 43 states constructed and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has won the best operated lake of the year award in 1990, 1997 and 2002.

Map of Lake Sidney Lanier

Latitude, Longitude: 34.182956, -83.986533

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Activities

  • Boating

    Whether you are on a houseboat, fishing boat, personal watercraft, sailboat or canoe, there is plenty of room for everyone on this 39,000-acre lake. Boaters can launch from any of 76 boat ramps around Lanier's shoreline. User fees are charged for launching at most boat ramps. Most ramps are open year-round, please check the schedule to the left for the park schedule. Some ramps may be closed due to low water levels. The lake also has 10 marinas that offer fuel, boat storage, repair services, snacks and supplies for your last minute needs. If you don't have a boat check with the marinas for rentals.

  • Bicycling

    Bike paths may be available; please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    The Corps of Engineers operates seven campgrounds with 482 campsites. This includes 430 sites with water and electric hookups. Most sites are waterfront and all have a picnic table fire ring, grill and lantern pole. All campgrounds have beach areas, boat ramps and restrooms. Most of the campgrounds also have showers, playgrounds, accessible sites and manned entry stations.

  • Fishing

    Lake Lanier is well known as a productive fishing lake. Many species of fish thrive in the lake. The lake has approximately 39,000 surface acres of water at its full level. Although there is little natural cover in the top 1/3 of the lake due to tree clearing during construction, there are trees left standing in the lower portions of the lake as well as brush piles, drop-offs, submerged humps, and rock outcroppings in shallower areas. A navigation map will be helpful for finding these spots and is available in the map room.

  • Hiking

    Hikers may want to visit the Laurel Ridge Trail located near Buford Dam. Along the 3.8-mile trail you can glimpse beautiful views of the lake, woodland and river scenery, as well as rare wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. The trail winds through several park areas, along the lake's shoreline and the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding may be available; please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    There are opportunities to hunt both waterfowl and deer. All hunting must be done in accordance with state and federal regulations. All deer hunting is by written permit only and permits are issued by lottery drawings.

  • Picnicking

    Lake Lanier has hundreds of picnic sites with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding woodlands. Most sites have boat ramps and convenient access to restrooms. Group picnic shelters are available at several parks. These are a perfect setting for a family reunion, birthday party or company picnic. Most shelters will accommodate up to 100 people and all have tables, a large grill as well as electric outlets and lights. Reservations for Corps of Engineers operated shelters may be made by calling the office.

  • RVing

    The Corps of Engineers operates seven campgrounds with 482 campsites. This includes 430 sites with water and electric hookups. Most sites are waterfront and all have a picnic table fire ring, grill and lantern pole. All campgrounds have beach areas, boat ramps and restrooms. Most of the campgrounds also have showers, playgrounds, accessible sites and manned entry stations.

  • Water Sports

    Wade the shoreline, float on a raft or make a big splash in the cool, clear waters of Lake Lanier. The Corps of Engineers operates 16 swimming areas around the lake. All Corps of Engineers operated swimming areas are "swim at your own risk." No lifeguards are on duty. The Corps recommends swimming at designated swim areas only.

Directions

Driving

From I-985/Buford Take GA Hwy 20 West, From GA 400/Cumming, take Ga Hwy 20 West, to North on Suwanee Dam Road. Go three miles and go left on Buford Dam Road. The visitor center is one mile on the right. Directions to other locations on the lake may be obtained from the project website.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 945-9531

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